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At Casa Lago Press, intellectual well-being is at the forefront of what we’re working together towards. Our programs and publications are designed to be a catalyst that helps community members reach their goals and fulfill their potential. Our principal fields of inquiry concern all things Italian including, specifically, the Italian diaspora. All publications are peer-reviewed by outside readers.

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Here at Casa Lago Press, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. Our decision making process is informed by comprehensive empirical studies and high quality data evaluation. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact with all of our pursuits.

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"Professor Tamburri discovers how our education of Columbus’s mission, accomplishments, and failings translate into our current  understandings of Italian and Italian American identity. The monograph reveals how the history of the moment differs from the interpretation of the past. Professor Tamburri has crafted The Columbus Affair for all audiences. He triumphs demonstrating how Columbus emerges as a complex symbol in a contentious period of American history."

Leslie Wilson, Professor of History & Associate Dean

Montclair State University

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Currently regarded as the earliest Italian American novel, Joseph Rocchietti’s Lorenzo and Oonalaska, pub­lished in 1835, offers compelling evidence that the history of Italian American literature is longer, and much more varied and complex than was previously believed. Be­fore Rocchietti’s novel was rediscovered at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the prevailing view among scholars of the Italian diaspora in the United States was that the earliest examples of Italian American writing, in the period preceding the 1880-1920 mass immigration wave, came primarily in the form of letters, journals, trav­elogues, poetry, and autobiographies. The origins of Ital­ian American fiction were commonly believed to date back to the publication, in 1885, of Luigi Donato Ven­tura’s novella Peppino, probably written in Italian and al­most immediately translated into French and English

from the "Introduction"

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Our colony boasts numerous middle school students, who will soon enrich the ranks of Italian professionals in America. We have a Rustici who carries out valued explanatory activities in radio and television; a son of Giovanni Vitti of Stamford is making his way among the actors of Hollywood; entire divisions of engineers, mechanics of refined mastery, many of them will collaborate in the creation and improvement of the cylinder engine of the flying machines. We find a regiment of skilled tailors and seamstresses, some masters of the laboratory, others in the dependence of renowned tailors with the delicate task of designers, there are heads of entire factories, there are nests of women’s fashion, where stars of wealth and art go to undress and be then covered by our ecclesiastical tailors’ samples. A few years ago, there was a large women’s clothing factory in Stamford with over 300 sewing machines and it had become the finishing school for all the women from Settefrati or daughters of Settefratesi, who entered as simple apprentices and, under the guidance of their good and experienced teacher Antonia Tamburri, came out model makers, sample makers, and expert workers. Antonia Tamburri, God rest her soul, will always be reverently remembered by the Settefratese colony for her professional qualities and for her chosen virtues of exemplary woman.

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